Books for Parents
of Children and Adolescents

Books for Parents

The following books have a solid reputation as being incredibly helpful for any parent working with their kids.  They have proven themselves over time and with experience.  These publications are recommended for consideration of parents looking for practical resources that are useful for themselves and for parenting their children.

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Katie freezes when she's asked to perform. Jose is a clinger. Damian is terrified of animals. Felicia always worries that she's going to make a mistake. It's hard being the parent of an anxious child, watching your son's frustration grow, or seeing how your daughter tries to cope with her fears but gives up so quickly. Filled with solid information, a proven four-step program, dozens of engaging activities, and insightful personal vignettes, Your Anxious Child gives you easy, fun, and highly effective tools to help your child become a creative problem solver. Parents and teachers alike will find excellent strategies in this essential guide.

Your Anxious Child  empowers you to teach your child essential coping skills for dealing with anxiety in engaging, creative ways.  Through dozens of activities you can start using right now, you child will learn how to alleviate stress, build courage and trust, and become an innovative problem solver.  Your Anxious Child  is a book based on the acclaimed "COPE" program, which has been used successfully with children throughout the United States for more than fifteen years.  The program offers physical, mental, and spiritual strategies for CALMING the nervous system; activities designed to help your child ORIGINATE a creative plan to relieve anxiety; approaches to help your child PERSIST in the face of obstacles and failures; and effective ways for you and your child to EVALUATE and refine your plan. 

The Explosive Child : :Screaming, swearing, crying, hitting, kicking, spitting, biting...these are some of the challenging behaviors we see in kids who are having difficulty meeting our expectations. These behaviors often leave parents feeling frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, and desperate for answers. In this fully revised and updated book, Dr. Ross Greene helps you understand why and when your child does these things and how to respond in ways that are nonpunitive, nonadversarial, humane, and effective.

By teaching parents how to communicate with an inflexible son or daughter who feels there is no way out other than to throw a fit, The Explosive Child miraculously helps families unlearn the habits that lead to incendiary behavior.  The book equips parents with the necessary skills to defuse and even prevent the intense situations that all-too-frequently arise with a volatile child.

A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviours, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field, now updated to include the most recent research.

Almost everyone knows and explosive child, one whose frequent, severs fits of temper leave his or her parents standing helpless in their fear, frustration, and guilt.  Most of these parents have tried everything -- reasoning, behavior modification, therapy, medication -- but to no avail.  They wonder if their child is deviant or just plain bad.

Dr. Ross Green has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: These kids aren't bad, and neither are their parents.  Rather explosive children suffer from a physiological deficiency  in frustration tolerance and flexibility.  Throughout this compassionate book, Dr. Greene demonstrates why traditional treatments don't work for these kids and offers a new conceptual framework for understanding their behavior, along with new language to describe it. He explains the latest neuroscience findings about the importance of flexibility, and, most important, he shows parents specific, practical ways they can recognize the signs of an impending explosion, defuse tension, and reduce frustration levels for the entire family. 

Your Defiant Child:

Discover a way to end constant power struggles with your defiant, oppositional, "impossible" 5- to 12-year-old, with the help of leading child psychologist Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley's approach is research based, practical, and doable--and leads to lasting behavior change. Vivid, realistic stories illustrate what the techniques look like in action. Step by step, learn how you can:

*Harness the power of positive attention and praise.
*Use rewards and incentives effectively.
*Stay calm and consistent--even on the worst of days.
*Establish a time-out system that works.

Every child has "ornery" moments, but more that 1 in 20 American children exhibit behavioral problems that are out of control.  For readers struggling with an unyielding or combative child, Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior offers the understanding and guidance they need.  Drawing on Dr. Russell A. Barkley's many years of work with parents and children, the book clearly explains what causes defiance, when it becomes a problem, and how it can be resolved.  The book's comprehensive eight-step program stresses consistency and cooperation, promoting changes through a system of praise, rewards, and mild punishment.  Readers learn tools and strategies for establishing clear patterns of discipline, communicating with children on a level they can understand, and reducing family stress overall. Filled with helpful charts, questionnaires, and checklists, Your Defiant Child  helps parents get their child's behavior back on track and restore harmony in the home.

If the children in your family or classroom are driving you crazy and you need ideas for getting back in control of the situation, this book is for you. It is a definitive guide to the art and skill of disciplining children with love and respect, for children from tots to teenagers. Taking Charge of ADHD is based on over forty years of parenting, teaching, and counseling experience, resulting in an overall approach that works. Solid ideas for contemporary parents and teachers.

Although the book is targeted at the parents of ADHD children, it will serve as a useful resource for teachers and others involved in the care and education of these children.  This book is unique in its up-to-date and clear presentation of the scientific underpinnings of the disorder and the pragmatic, empirically based approach to intervention that it encourages.  It is also very well organized and readable; it is probably the best available resource of this type.

The ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new foreword—and available as an ebook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.

Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to:
·      Cope with your child's negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment
·      Express your strong feelings without being hurtful
·      Engage your child's willing cooperation
·      Set firm limits and maintain goodwill
·      Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
·      Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise
     Resolve family conflicts peacefully

For ages 12 and up.  The games, puzzles, activities, articles and resources in this collection offer more than 50 ways for kids to handle the challenges of ADHD. Along with practical tips for solving problems and getting organized, boys and girls can also read about real kids like themselves.  And they can discover a wealth of ideas that make life more manageable.

The book provides communication methods to help cope with a child's negative feelings, like frustration, disappointment, anger, etc...also methods for expressing anger without being hurtful, and for engaging a child's willing cooperation,

Here is the bestselling book that will give you the know-how you need to be more effective with your children and more supportive of yourself.  Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relatiionships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

Their methods of communication, illustrated with delightful cartoons showing the skills in action, offer innovative ways to solve common problems.

This book provides all the know-how required for happier, more constructive parent-child relations. The Christopher Award-winning authors share their latest insights and suggestions based on feedback they have received over the years.  Their real-world methods offer children's negative feelings; express anger without being hurtful; set firm limits and maintain goodwill; use alternatives to punishment; resolve family conflicts peacefully.

This is an easy-to-understand book that shows how children learn behavior and how they actually train adults to behave. It helps parents learn when, where, and how to respond to and change children's behavior. The techniques in the book work with all children including those who are aggressive or hyperactive. Discusses noncompliance, temper tantrums, bedwetting, and many more problems. Frequently used in parent training groups and family therapy sessions.

Dr Gerald R. Patterson , Ph.D, is the founder of the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, where he continues his distinguished career as a research scientist and principal investigator. He has devoted more than 40 years to the study of processes that disrupt family functioning and the development of ""coercion theory,"" a data-based schema that explains these processes. Dr. Patterson has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters and is the author of the best-selling parenting manuals Living with Children and Families . Living with Children was the first book published by Research Press. For Research Press publisher and founder Bob Parkinson and first-time author Gerald Patterson, the publication marked the beginning of careers dedicated to helping children learn and grow in an ever-changing world.

The authority on panic and anxiety—newly revised and expanded

Are you one of the more than nineteen million Americans who suffer from anxiety? Don’t panic. Newly revised and expanded, this edition offers a straightforward and remarkably effective self-help program for overcoming panic and coping with anxious fears. With insight and compassion, Reid Wilson, Ph.D., demystifies anxiety attacks and provides indispensable advice, including:

  • how a panic attack happens, what causes it, and how it can affect your life
  • how to recognize, manage, and control the moment of panic
  • how to control the chronic muscle tensions that increase anxiety
  • how to conquer fear and face problems with confidence
  • how to decide which medication is right for you
  • how to establish reachable goals and rediscover the joy of living

50 Activities and Games for Kids With ADD:

Formerly titled "The Best of "Brakes" An Activity Book for Kids with ADD", this activity book contains games, activities, and resources to help make life more manageable and fun for kids with ADHD. In its pages, kids will find practical advice from teachers, counselors, and other kids just like themselves for increasing success in school, making and keeping friends, understanding feelings, and dealing with siblings and parents.